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A documentary on Huntington's Disease, a family torn apart and how a bike ride and one courageous Matt Austin brings them together.
A documentary on Huntington's Disease, a family torn apart and how a bike ride and one courageous Matt Austin brings them together.
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Our documentary A Ride With Matt is nearing the finish line. This week we completed reshoots and are weeks away from a final edit. The results are breath-taking. We really can't wait to share the film with you all -- and we're oh so close!

If you are new to our story, watch the video made before the ride started:

We're looking to raise $12,000 more dollars for post-production in order to finish the documentary and submit it to Sundance and other top festivals. Post-production costs entail editing, graphics, music, sound design and mixing, and color timing. Skywalker Sound and Colorflow have already very generously discounted their services to us.

Here's what Adam had to say after seeing a rough cut this past week:

Adam & Matt Austin
Adam & Matt Austin

"I am blown away. So honest, so beautiful and so genuine. In this life we get the opportunity to experience magic but we rarely take time to see it all around us. The flood of memories from our trip last year. The fund raising events, the ride and the showering of love from family and friends. Those very intimate private moments all captured into a beautiful movie.

I can't begin to tell you all how excited I am to share this with the world. I believe that people will finally see the face of Huntington's Disease. And Matt, you have opened the door with your grace to let healing begin in our family.  Thank you all, for believing in magic. Let's show the world a little magic."

Huntington’s Disease (HD), is a neurodegenerative, genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination and leads to cognitive degeneration and dementia. There is no cure. Persons who do have the disease usually die within 10 to 15 years. Any child of a parent who has one affected copy of the gene has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. It affects roughly 200,000 Americans.

The road traveled has not been an easy one. We've all taken a tumble in making this ride and this documentary a reality.

But a family came together and persevered.

A community of supporters and friends lent a hand.

With your support we hope to get to the finish line.

Thank you for Helping Matt Ride.

MATT AUSTIN, RIDER

Matt tested positive for Huntington’s disease two weeks before his 20th birthday. Eight months later he was medically discharged from the Air Force.

Matt was raised in Oakley, California and graduated from Deer Valley High School in 2008 where he played soccer, baseball, and basketball. At age 18, Matt joined the United States Air Force. He spent three months in Keesler, Mississippi learning Electronic Principles, another eight months in Witchitah Falls, Texas, and was qualified on the F-16. Matt was one of few who went through the General Atomics course with an average test score of 97.5%. He was always the first man there and last to leave and his strong work ethic and kindness led to many great friendships during his Air Force years.

ADAM AUSTIN, PRODUCER/RIDER

Adam’s father died of Huntington’s disease as did his brother. Adam, too, is at risk with the disease but has never been tested. He is eager to share this experience and be there for his nephew, Matt, as he copes with the disorder.

Most recently, Adam released the EP, “Finally Found” (2002) with the help of Sam Raimi, and he continues making music today with his band Mud Creek.

Adam began work in the film industry first in the art department and then in the camera department as a film technician. His credits include The Terminal, XXX, Click, The Guardian, Spider-man, Iron Man, National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredible Hulk, Transformers, The Green Hornet, and Mission Impossible 4.

ROBERT RIPPBERGER, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR 

Robert is a producer/director storyteller. He has done documentaries with Jane Goodall, Roberto Unger, and Mariel Hemingway. His recent music video with artist Sunidhi Chauhan reached 1,000,000 views on YouTube within the first months of release. He is the recipient of the Dan Eldon Activist award in 2012 and the Eisner Prize in 2009, “the highest award for creativity given on the UC, Berkeley campus” where he received a B.A. in Philosophy in 2010.

Risks and challenges

Once the project is funded our biggest challenges, but also the most meaningful part, will be in touring the film and getting Matt out there to meet with families and audiences to talk about HD and our journey.

We've talked about a road trip to film festivals, organizing private events and HD community get togethers along the way. Matt has been unable to work the last two years since being diagnosed and developing symptoms and he's excited about the possibility of making this his new mission.

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